High-priced whisky turns out to be fake
WHEN Zhang Wei, a Chinese millionaire author, splashed out £7 600 (about R141 000) on the world’s most expensive whisky shot in a Swiss bar, he boasted to his fans that it had been distilled the same year as his great-great-grandmother was born, 139 years ago.
Unfortunately for the martial arts fantasy writer, the headlines generated not only admiration, but suspicion – by experts who doubted its provenance when they spotted discrepancies in the bottle’s cork and label.
Analysis by specialists in Dunfermline, Scotland, confirmed that Zhang had bought a fake dram from the bar at the Waldhaus am See hotel in St Moritz. The whisky came from an unopened bottle labelled as an 1878 Macallan single malt.
Zhang’s shot is believed to have been the most expensive dram ever.
Tests found the whisky to be fake, made between 1970 and 1972, and a blend, rather than a single malt. To a connoisseur, it is worthless.
The hotel manager flew to China to reimburse Zhang, who thanked him me for the hotel’s honesty.